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The Carter Family

The Carter Family: Summer in the Backyard | Hanna Hill Photography | Kansas City, MO

Sometimes you meet a person and they just stick in your mind. I met Shannon (momma of this crazy bunch) while shooting a birth earlier this year. She is an incredible doula, mom and personality. She had mentioned her family of 5 extroverted little ones and her awesome husband who she just couldn't be more thankful for.

I had always wanted to capture the beautiful chaos that comes from a big family. I am one of 6 so the joy and stress and chaos was a very familiar concept. I wanted to document those moments of joy and collision that siblings bring. And I wanted to capture the sweet moments of Summer, being home with everyone having to get your energy out by jumping on a trampoline or running in the yard. It takes me back and I just adore the energy and celebration of life that the Carter family has. they are free of expectations or intense limits. The kids are creative and loud and chaotic together. They were are similar to buzzing electrons around their parents feeding off the energy, attention and love they give off. I just love being able to capture the real emotions, moments and fierceness of everyday life. This is just a small glimpse into what a day is like for the Carter family, its authentic and celebratory. 

Capturing these Summer memories is priceless. This is one of those beautiful seasons of life you will always remember and having photos of the joy and family chaos are irreplaceable. 

Siblings having fun on the trampoline after dressing themselves in their favorite fun outfits.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
Kids leave there shoes in the grass while they jump on the trampoline in the Backyard.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The family cuddles together on the trampoline, everyone showing their little personalities.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The youngest little boy climbs off the trampoline.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Dad and all the little boys play with a ball on the trampoline.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The only little girl in the family jumps to her hearts content on the trampoline in her favorite pink tutu.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The youngest zipping up the trampoline entrance in black and white.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom watches the kids with her coffee, so much joy in her eyes.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom and two of her kiddos sitting on the hammock, the young  daughter is explaining something very intense to mom.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom and daughter cuddle on the hammock in the backyard  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Siblings fight on the trampoline with so much joy in black and white   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The young girl playing on the trampoline through the net.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The littlest son getting bounced on the trampoline.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The oldest son jumping on the trampoline from the angle of the top of the trees.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The little girl gets on the trampoline with her siblings.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The youngest holds a ball in the backyard protecting it from his siblings, in black and white.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom gets on the trampoline to jump with her kids.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The youngest lays on the trampoline in the middle of his family.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The family gathers together on the trampoline laughing about something silly.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Jumping from the trampoline in black and white.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
The little girl talks loudly as she walks around the trampoline.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The family bounces on the trampoline in black and white with their first home in the background.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The youngest boy cuddles on the hammock with his brother.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The youngest son and his brother cuddle together on the hammock  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
the whole family cuddle together in front of their first home in black and white.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The father jokes around with his two oldest sons sitting on their back porch in front of their first home.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
A father w=hols his little girl affectionately as she looks at the camera with her favorite lip gloss  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom and daughter cuddle together on the back porch in front of their first home in black and white.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Daughter puts on lipgloss for her mother in black and white.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom holds son in a joking baby pose on the backyard porch in front of their first home.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom's coffee cup  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Dad cuddles their little wild man son in a mom of calm.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The whole family laughs together on the back porch  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom cuddles her son in black and white  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
one son climbing on the hammock with his mother.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom and dad laugh together as their children run around in the backyard.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary
Mom and dad laugh together as their children run around in the backyard.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
The youngest son portrait in black and white   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
Little girl climbing out of the trampoline zipper  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
A real moment of siblings in black and white  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
Mom comforts her youngest in the backyard  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
The little girl jumps high in black and white  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
The youngest boy plugs his ears amongst the chaotic loudness of his siblings.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
Little girl takes her shoes off at the base of the trampoline.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
Watching dad jumping on the trampoline.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
The two oldest sons running on the trampoline.   The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
A view of the family on the trampoline through the net  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 
The family laughing and cuddling together on the trampoline in black and white.  The Carter Family : Summer in the Backyard | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO | Family photography lifestyle photographer | Wedding photographer Durham North Carolina Raleigh | Birth photographer Documentary 

G & C : Overland Park Birth Story

G& C: Overland Park Birth Story 

Every birth is different and beautiful in its own way. From the personalities, time of day, labor itself and all the different pieces of the puzzle that come together in bringing a life into the world. My favorite part is the relationship of the couple. I feel a bit like an anthropologist discovering the nature of a relationship as it unfolds. I can’t imagine what runs through a husbands mind watching his wife go through the pain, fear, excitement and then just pain all over again. Some husbands beg for others who know more to run in and aid while others literally never sit down because they want to be as uncomfortable as possible in supplication. Their helplessness is in so many ways a beautiful countercultural thing to capture. They can’t do anything but submit to the fact they have played a role in bringing this pain and that soon they will become a father.

For this birth it was the latter, he was begging to be with his wife at all times. Most of the time G wanted to forego the stool he could sit on just to stand at her side and be anything she needed. They were a force together and he knew the value of being her solid support throughout the entire day. 

Watching the mother is of course the greatest piece of the puzzle. The endurance and bodily bravery is beyond anything else in the world. Like an Olympic runner or mountaineer climbing Everest. A mother is perseverant in pain and fear. It’s a beautiful and long endeavor that’s met with a lifetime of purpose. Your motherhood is on the end of this painful tunnel and you are fighting with every breath and contraction for it. 

C was incredible, fierce and ready to be that mother. There were moments of fear but she handled them with a spirit of a fierce mother lion bringing new life into the world.

After several hours of natural contractions C was left at a plateau of 9cm. She wanted so desperately to push through to the end but after 5 hours sitting right at 9 she decided to try the epidural. From their her heart rate sky rocketed and while the room stayed calm there were specks of fear in everyone’s eyes. But C took these moments in stride holding one hand to the oxygen mask and other in G’s. She pushed her little boy into the world.

They had waited to find out the gender so the resounding joy of “it’s a boy, it’s really boy” coming from G was all anyone could here for those first few seconds. He was so overcome he almost said no to cutting the cord. When their little one was finally placed on C’s chest it was straight waterworks all around. Pure joy, adrenaline and emotion flooded the whole room as C and G kept saying, “We love you, we’re so happy to meet you.”

They say you forget the pain and worry the moment you’re holding your baby in your arms. In so many ways I think that’s true but should we forget? For every great and wonderful thing there is a process, usually a process of struggle. But that’s what makes a thing so wonderful, the path of struggle that ends in a brand new life. 

G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising 
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO birth photographer
G&C Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City birth Photographer
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City birth Photographer
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City birth Photographer
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City birth Photographer
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City birth Photographer
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising
G&C Overland Park Birth Story | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, Mo birth Photographer | Overland Park Regional Medical Center | documentary birth story | birth becomes her | birth is beautiful| empowering birth photography | motherhood rising

2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth

Good Evening New Year, 

Cheers to the first day of 2017. I am excited to call this Year the one of Growth and lean into whatever process 2017 has for me. This passed year was named Bravery and my intention with each obstacle was to face it head on with as little fear or anxiety as possible. Honestly I'm just ready to feel grounded in 2017 and grow whichever way I'm supposed to.

Hannahill Photography is growing too! I'll been updating the website, logo and moving into shooting Weddings all over the United States. One of my great passions has always been traveling so one of my great hopes for 2017 will be to travel for more weddings and open up more Family session days in multiple cities that are close to my heart.

I'm pumped because I'll be putting together 'My hopes and dreams Bucket List' that will give huge discounts to couples or families who want sessions in some of the dreamiest places around. I'm excited for all the big changes of 2017 personally and with Hannahill Photography and ready to see how much growth can happen in 1 year!

2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Documentary Family sessions 
2016 : Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Kansas City, MO | Hannahill Photography | Adventure in Easter Island
2016 : Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Kansas City, MO | Hannahill Photography| Quito Peru Adventure 
   
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Vacation with family to Arkansas 
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | new Born sessions of beautiful little gil
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Documentary Photography in Kansas City
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Married for 10 years and still in love Anniversary session
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Kansas City, MO Wedding 
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | 6 month session of little William
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Documentary family Adventure sessions
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Documentary Adventure Photography
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | In home Documentary Photography
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | In Home Lifestyle Photography
2016 : Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Kansas City, MO | Hannahill Photography
2016 : Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Kansas City, MO | Hannahill Photography
2016 : Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Kansas City, MO | Hannahill Photography | Easter island Adventure
2016 : Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Kansas City, MO | Hannahill Photography
2016 : Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | Kansas City, MO | Hannahill Photography
2016: Part 2 a Year in Review | The Year of Growth | In home lifestyle sessions

The Veach Family

The truth is little ones under three are the best and hardest part about being a family photographer. Simply because they are constantly surprising the world around them. It keeps me on my toes and makes my job that much more fun and challenging. Long gone are the days where I can hold a stuffed animal over my head and little ones are distracted into a genuine smile (wait i'm not sure that ever worked now that I think about it)

So for me my goal is always to make my sessions about adventure, letting little ones see and experience the things they want to. As an adult I think we can agree sometimes getting your photo taken just feels awkward and I know kids get that sense too. So letting kids just be themselves has always been my trick for getting genuine moments of joy on little ones faces. Its not because I said "say cheese" its because I let them grab a stick or let them cling to mom if they are feeling unsure. Its definitely always full of surprises and maybe I'm letting a two year old run my session but somehow it always pans out. 

It seriously was such a pleasure getting to go on an adventure with little Leo. He was excited to lead the way immediately and kept me and his sweet parents on our toes as he walked all over the beautiful Black Hoof Park. He was clever and kind and just loved smiling for the camera. I'm sure if I was 2 again he would have been my best friend! 

The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MOO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach Family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO
The Veach family | Hannahill Photography | Kansas City, MO

The Collins Family

Collins Family: In Home Documentary Series

So this series has been long in the making. I've known Ali and Alec for almost 10 years now and have been by there side with my camera for each milestone, their engagement, wedding, and the births of their two daughters. They are strong and persevering even when so many things seem to stack up against them.

In order to preface this series I need to tell you the story of Ali,Alec, Moseley and Tempest. I can tell you facts, like Ali and Alec have been married for 5 years, Moseley is 4 and Tempest is almost 1 and Moseley was diagnosed with Rett syndrome about a year after she was born (and then re-diagnosed with Fox G1 Two years ago, about the time this series was written). But if I really want people to hear this story I knew it couldn't come from me so instead it comes straight from Ali and I think its just an incredible picture of strength and perseverance.

The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL

To my past self…

Life is rough and surprises you. So my advice is to hold on to Jesus, hold on to your husband, don't listen to the enemy and just get out of bed and love your family.

The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL

 

To the families out there with children with special needs…

When you're crying because you can't fill out your baby book at the normal development stages.

When it’s pouring down rain and you can't break down the wheelchair.

When you've been on the phone for five hours with the insurance company and they still won't pay for the equipment you need

I want you to know you're not alone somewhere,  some other special needs parent is cussing loudly over the bad saxophone covers of soft rock songs they play, while all we can do is wait.

The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL

 To the neighbor who called my daughter a ‘retard’ and then called me ‘too PC'…

I can't change the way you think, I can only try and educate so be careful and considerate and you suck.

The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL
The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL

 To the people who are constantly telling me they are praying for me…

Thank you but my god I do not need your pity. I'm a kick ass mother to a kick ass little girl who's in a real crap situation. So maybe next time remember It's not always the best thing to say. This is where god has me. And I'm learning to love well and fight fiercely for a child who can’t speak for herself.  

The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL
The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL
The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL

 To the therapists and aids who work with my daughter weekly...

What to say to you? You're my dream team.

Thank you for the honesty, thank you for acknowledging the fact that I'm extremely exhausted and this is not easy.

Thank you for teaching my Moseley as slow and unrewarding as it is y'all are unrelenting in you pursuit. Thank you for hugging me and telling me I'm doing a great job on those days Moe's shoes don't match and my face is tear stained from three day old makeup and baby food.

Thank you a thousand times thank you. 

The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL
The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL

 To the lady at the grocery store…

 Both of my children are adorable not just the one that makes eye contact with you. 

The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL
The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL

 To the waiter at the restaurant…

I appreciate you saying sweet things to my Tempest but my child you decide to walk wide circles around and stare at can feel that you think she isn't worth saying sweet things to. Notice both or none. 

The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL

 To the photographer who is uncomfortable taking photos of my family…

 I know it will be a challenge but I’m not asking you to give me a typical family session and miraculously change my daughter into an average 4 year old. I guess I just need someone with real talent who can capture the beauty in disability and see that my family is just as beautiful as any other family you will take pictures of. 

The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL
The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL

 To the people who keep asking me how I am, because they think I look exhausted…

 IM EXHAUSTED!!! That's why I look like crap. Maybe ask instead, can I hold your kid so I can sit on the couch without a thrashing human in your arms. Or maybe try saying something encouraging like, “hey you're doing a great job even though I know you're tired.” Or just lie and say "dang girl you look good. I love your hair"

The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL

 To families in the world with “normal children”...

Don't ever be afraid to tell me the amazing things your child does. I want to rejoice in your family too. Please don't tip toe around me and be afraid to ask me questions or keep you child from mine. 

The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL
The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL
The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL

To my future self…

 You did the best you could and that was truly amazing. No one could be a better mother to your children then you. The past is in the past. Time to let it go. 

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The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL
The Collins Family : In Home Documentary Session | Hannahill Photography | Ocala, FL

A little Update since this series was made in 2016…

They were pregnant with their third baby throughout this series!

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They welcomed little Asher Newton Albus Collins on May 4th of 2017

and of course I went back down to photograph him as well!

Collins Documentary Series | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
Collins Family Documentary Series | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
Collins Family Documentary Series | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer
Collins Family Documentary Series | Hanna Hill Photography

Moe was rediagnosed about 2 years ago from Rett syndrome to an even more rare diagnosis of Fox G1

Only 350 recorded cases of Fox G1 in the world, so our girl is definitely a rare one!

Moseley can no longer eat through her mouth so she has what is called a G-tube that puts nutrition and water straight into her body through a port in her abdomen.

This family is full of so much love, warmth, humor and strength.

I asked Ali to write up a little update on each of there sweet family and will share those below

Update on Moseley, Age 6

“Moe is not much of a sleeper, she sleeps about 4 hours a night. She started having seizures and breathing problems this past year. And while she is not usually “happy” on the days that she is, we all celebrate with her. Everyday we have with her is a blessing and every birthday is a huge milestone for our family”

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Update on Tempest, Age 2

“Tempest is growing so fast and is starting to notice the difference between Moe and her. She kisses and cuddles her sissy every night and is so excited when she gets home from school.”

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Update on Asher, Age 1

“Ash loves his sister, he loves to lay next to her and head butt her. We’re trying to change that but it seems to be how he expresses love.”

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Update on Alec,

“Alec is in love with Moe and spends most nights playing video games with her on his lap. He calls her his mouse. And they have their own language that I can’t even begin to understand”

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Update on Ali,

“I’m overwhelmed.

In bad ways and good.

I’m overwhelmed by the doctors and the treatments and the endless nights that I never sleep.

I’m overwhelmed by the pain of watching her lose abilities we fought so hard to gain in the first place.

I’m overwhelmed by the pain she goes through.

But mostly I’m completely and underly overwhelmed by the bravery she shows.

The way she loves in her quiet way that just takes me over.

I get overwhelmed when she looks at me and smiles just for me and I know how precious her life is.

How wonderful it is that she is mine for this time. She’s my love. One of my true loves. but loving her is so overwhelming. My heart soars and sinks daily.”

Collins Family Documentary Series | Hanna Hill Photography | Raleigh Durham Family Photographer

Lastly, a poem written by Ali Collins

Raising her is Beautiful

Raising her is tears of all different shapes

Raising her is beautiful

Raising her is screams that bend you in half

Raising her is beautiful

Raising her is weariness incarnate

Raising her is beautiful

Raising her is back breaking

Raising her is beautiful

Raising her is grief inconsolable

Raising her is beautiful

And She is beautiful

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If you want to learn more about Moe, support her and Ali or just love on their family,

Please check out the links below and follow along on her journey!

https://www.facebook.com/Foxy-Moe-668974310107675/

https://helphopelive.org/campaign/13979/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM0Npz5u8pUDr3FBkNNkeiA